Supplies - 467860-2020

05/10/2020    S193

United Kingdom-London: Diagnostics and radiodiagnostic devices and supplies

2020/S 193-467860

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure

Supplies

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Department of Health and Social Care
Postal address: 39 Victoria Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI32 Westminster
Postal code: SW1H 0EU
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: procurement.operations@dhsc.gov.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Health

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Provision of OptiGene GenieHT machines and Covid-19 RT-LAMP Test Kits

II.1.2)Main CPV code
33124000 Diagnostics and radiodiagnostic devices and supplies
II.1.3)Type of contract
Supplies
II.1.4)Short description:

Provision of goods to support the UK Covid-19 testing strategy OptiGene are providing RT-LAMP machines and test kits to support the UK Covid-19 testing strategy and to enable mass testing for C-19 through rapid testing and to supplement diagnostics capacity.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 322 762 223.59 GBP
II.2)Description
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Provision of goods to support the UK Covid-19 testing strategy OptiGene are providing RT-LAMP machines and test kits to support the UK Covid-19 testing strategy and to enable mass testing for C-19 through rapid testing and to supplement diagnostics capacity.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

OptiGene are providing RT-LAMP machines and test kits to support the UK Covid-19 testing strategy and to enable mass testing for C-19 through rapid testing and to supplement diagnostics capacity.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • Extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable for the contracting authority and in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the directive
Explanation:

DHSC is satisfied the tests permitting use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication (Regulation 32(2)(c)) are met.

A. As far as is strictly necessary: the Optigene machines and testing kits are strictly necessary to meet the demand to scale up the testing programme in the UK. It is critical to detect Covid-19 infection quickly and accurately to contain C-19 and support the population. There is evidence of increasing demand for RT-LAMP testing and limited supply of components resulting in long lead times for securing supplies.

B. There are genuine reasons for extreme urgency: It is responding to Covid-19 immediately because of public health risks presenting a genuine emergency. The requirement for these machines and tests is a matter of extreme urgency in order to support the economy and population, including vital services such as education.

C. The events that have led to the need for extreme urgency were unforeseeable: recent increases in infection and the need to introduce localised lockdowns and more stringent national restrictions has led to the need to introduce more widespread testing. There is a need to significantly increase testing capacity but also to introduce different testing solutions to ensure the existing supply chain is not compromised. Recent validation work has demonstrated that this solution is a credible technology — it would not have been possible to foresee the outcome of this validation work.

D. It is impossible to comply with the usual timescales in the PCR: it is not possible to comply with the timescales of another procedure due to the urgent requirement to ensure the delivery of the RT-LAMP machines and tests. Due to the urgency of the situation there was no time to run an accelerated procurement under the open, restricted or competitive procedures with negotiation, particularly in light of the recent validation information and timelines to secure supply and scale up. Any delay in procuring would have led to a real risk that a competing purchaser would have secured them, leaving the Department without provision and undermining its ability to increase capacity.

E. The situation is not attributable to the contracting authority — DHSC has not done anything to cause or contribute to the need for extreme urgency.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
05/08/2020
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: OptiGene Ltd
National registration number: 06465874
Postal address: Unit 5 Blatchford Road, West Sussex
Town: Horsham
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Postal code: RH13 5QR
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: TEDREMOVED
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot: 322 762 224.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: The High Court
Postal address: Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address: https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
30/09/2020